100 Women 2016: Parents who regret having children

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright iStock French author Corinne Maier has two children but can’t wait for the youngest to leave home, saying they have left her “exhausted and bankrupt”. Her attack on “idealising parenthood” struck a chord with many mothers and fathers around the world. Here are some of their comments – followed by the responses from [...]

The mystery of the stolen Klimt

Warren Fyfe

Nearly 20 years ago a valuable portrait was stolen, in bizarre circumstances, from a gallery in the northern Italian city of Piacenza. Until recently there appeared to be little prospect of it ever being recovered – but then police received some perplexing new information, and they now think it will be back in the city [...]

The secret history of black Santas

Warren Fyfe

America’s biggest shopping mall grabbed headlines this week by hiring its first African-American Father Christmas. But black Santas have been around for a lot longer than you might think – and even played a role in the civil rights struggles of the 1960s. “Everything that Santa represents has to be you. That’s my honest belief. [...]

Do smoke-free stoves really save lives?

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Handstand Productions/ CAPS A big clinical trial in Malawi was expected to show children are less likely to die of pneumonia if they live in a home where food is cooked on a smoke-free stove rather than an open fire. Instead it suggests the stove makes no difference. Where does this leave a [...]

Cat Hulbert: How I got rich beating men at their own game

Warren Fyfe

In the tiny group of gamblers who have become top players at both blackjack and poker, there is only one woman. In her own words, Cat Hulbert describes how she got rich beating male opponents – and the casinos – and explains why in her view women are innately better at poker than men. For [...]

The city getting rich from fake news

Warren Fyfe

Many of the fake news websites that sprang up during the US election campaign have been traced to a small city in Macedonia, where teenagers are pumping out sensationalist stories to earn cash from advertising. The young man sitting in the cafe looks barely more than a boy – he hasn’t shaved for a few [...]